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John Prine And His Famous Friends Are "Knockin' On Your Screen Door"
Legendary folk artist and multiple GRAMMY winner John Prine released The Tree Of Forgiveness this past April, his first album of original compositions since 2005's Fair & Square, which won Best Contemporary Folk Album at the 48th GRAMMY Awards. On July 10, joined by some exceptional guests, Prine released a video for the first track, "Knockin' On Your Screen Door." A new generation of listeners just might answer that summertime call.
His knock-knock is distinctively set in Nashville and his band includes GRAMMY winners Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires, and Sturgill Simpson, as well as Elizabeth Cook and Margo Price. Favorite Nashville spots incorporated as settings include Arnold's Country Kitchen, Ernest Tubb Record Shop and the Station Inn. Altogether the warm feelings are "down home" and inviting.
With just a couple more U.S. dates this month, Prine's summer will take him abroad in August for a European tour, but he'll be back in fall. As announced on July 9, joined by Simpson, Prine will be ringing in the New Year at the Grand Ole Opry.
"I'm basically doing the same thing I've been doing over the years," Prine said in an interview with The Tennessean. "Maybe people finally caught on to it."
The paper, a version of which began publishing in Nashville in 1812, dubbed him "the godfather of the exploding Americana music scene." The way Simpson put it to their writer was, "John Prine is the coolest person in the room and he always has been."